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Old 05-07-2010, 07:58 PM   #1
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summer in Florida

Any concerns, warnings, or advice on summer rving in central Florida? ( early July )

are bugs bad this time of year?

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Old 05-07-2010, 08:13 PM   #2
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There are no bugs in Florida. We have a few insects around though.
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Old 05-07-2010, 08:24 PM   #3
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There are no bugs in Florida. We have a few insects around though.
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Those mosquitoes the size of small birds - are they considered insects or avians? Sorry, couldn't resist!
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Old 05-07-2010, 08:27 PM   #4
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Sometimes the winds from the coast reach in to the center of the state. Most of these winds have been given names.

Sorry, couldn't help it!
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Steve, make sure your ACs are working, it could get warm. What bugs you have will depend on your location. I can almost guarantee you'll see some love bugs in addition to whatever might bite you.
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Those large mosquitos qualify as pets.The lovebugs can make a mess .Don't forget the cute palmetto bugs( roach). But I remember dealing with black flies in New Hampshire .
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While the heat, humidity, abundant mosquitoes and no-see-ums can all be problems in FL in July, Love Bugs are generally only around in the April-May and Aug-Sept time frames (unless things have changed since we got the he?? out of there some years back). The hurricanes are easy to deal with. Get out! You will have plenty of warning. Don't forget that there is an alligator in every body of water (this is not a joke) so do not leave any pet out unattended while you are parked beside that lovely pond.
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We often go to Myrtle beach in July and can sit out at night ( no bugs, mosquito's, ect). Will we be able to do this in Tampa in July without getting eaten alive? how bad is it? are the campgrounds empty?
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The mosquitoes in Florida are nothing to compare to the ones in Wyoming, especially in Yellowstone.

A lot of resorts and city's in Florida spray for them anyway.

Enjoy your trip, but keep some Off or something handy just in case. Also take ant spray to use around the wheels and on connection hoses.
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If you get out around the largo/st.peters burg area there is normaly a nice breeze coming of the gulf that cools the air and keeps the bugs away. There are a couple of nice campgrounds on ulmerton rd. and this area is very close to any thing you might want to do. It's only a short drive to any of the beaches and several other activities. If you go out to gulf blvd. and go north it goes to clearwater beach(try Frenchy's resterant if you go there) and if you turn south you can go all the way to St.petersburg beach( If you go that way don't miss Caddy's on sunset beach just below treasure island it's the best beach bar in the area and the wife wouldn't want to pass up John's Pass). I have spent the last five winters in that area and I have two sisiers and a brother that live there full time. HAVE FUN
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Will that ocean breeze reach Seffner ( Lazy days) ? We are planning a few days at Lazy days and then over to Daytona beach.

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We often go to Myrtle beach in July and can sit out at night ( no bugs, mosquito's, ect). Will we be able to do this in Tampa in July without getting eaten alive? how bad is it? are the campgrounds empty?
Come dusk you are likely going to need to be indoors or in a screen room. The 'skeeters lay in the grasses during the day (early morning golfer get their ankles eaten!) and come out at just about dusk but only 2-3 feet high. Bare legs fall victim. By dark it's all over.
Do not expect a sea breeze to reach Lazy Days.
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Hi Steve,
If you are not a local, July will be hot, hot, hot. Sun lotion to protect all exposed skin. Wide brim hat, long sleeves and long pants. I know it seems odd to cover up in the heat, but if you do not cover up you'll get more sun than you desire. For the car, cover the steering wheel and dash, when parked. If there is a sun roof, close the slide and do not allow the sun to come through.
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July for Florida folks is like living up north in January. We just go from our climate controlled house into our climate controlled car to go to a climate controlled store, restaurant, or whatever. Only difference is it's easier to get around since all the snowbirds have retreated to their summer roosts.

Have to disagree about the previous post on attire. Short sleeved shirts and shorts works most everywhere. As someone else mentioned, Florida is much more aggressive about mosquito control than many other places. Since retirement, we spend more summer time in other places and mosquitoes have been a bigger problem to us in several northern states. Considering we live near a pond and wetlands area, that's saying a lot..

If you're going to spend time at Lazy Days, check out Willie's in Valrico, great seafood at reasonable prices.
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